Thursday, 15 December 2016

Future Religious Figures And Divine Wisdom

In Olaf Stapledon's one-volume future history, Last And First Men, future religious figures include the Daughter of Man and the Divine Child.

In Poul Anderson's "The Longest Voyage," there is reference to a Daughter of God. In Anderson's History of Technic Civilization, Djana, brought up as a Christian, then conditioned by a Merseian, imagines a Merseian Christ. Also in the Technic History, Axor seeks a non-human Divine Incarnation and:

Gabriel Stewart goes further. Ivar is the Aenean leader and Tatiana is his bride who will bear his son that the coming Builders will make more than human. Thus, according to Gabriel (a relevant name), the political and spiritual leaderships of the movement will converge. It feels as though we are in the opening chapters of Luke's Gospel, with the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.
-copied from here.


Daughter of Man;
Divine Child;
Daughter of God;
Merseian Christ;
non-human Incarnation;
superhuman son.

Some of these figures are worshiped by millions whereas others are imagined by only a few. However, all express future religiosity.

I remembered the Daughter of Man and the Daughter of God because we recently discussed a goddess and the Virgin Mary. See here. Also, I proposed Indra as a "top god" and it turns out that that deity was instructed about the Spirit Supreme by:

"...Uma, divine wisdom, daughter of the mountains of snow."
-Kena Upanishad IN Juan Mascaro, trans., The Upanishads (Penguin Classics, 1984), pp. 51-54 AT p. 53 -

- a feminine personification of wisdom, as in the Old Testament.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And we see personified Wisdom in the Biblical books of Wisdom and the opening chapters of the book of Proverbs.